Lola Tried Tour Diary: Doing Detroit Right

Our traveling rock tribe Lola Tried found their Tour Manager in Detroit along with quiet possibly the last two remaining fans of Limp Bizkit decked-out in iconic, Significant Other 90’s attire. Now the band is on to hot dogs and hell raising at The Happy Dog in Cleveland with Soft Copy and The Movies.

Pregame before the show in Detroit.


Back to the ‘tour bus’ for more shi-van-igans.


5/30 Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog
5/31 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mister Roboto Project
6/1 Philadelphia, PA @ The Bath House
6/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Little Skips!
6/3 New York, NY @ 158 Ludlow St.
6/4 Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
6/6 Cincinnati, OH @ The Listing Loon
6/7 Nashville, TN @ The East Room
6/9 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/10 Houston, TX @ Cactus Music In-Store Performance
6/11 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight


Twin Peaks and SMiiLE Get Barracuda Heated For Hot Luck

Hot Luck Festival, Austin’s newest attraction combines the best culinary minds in BBQ with some of the best talent in music. Courtesy of local smokehouse guru Aaron Franklin and Mohawk owner James Moody, Friday night brought Chicago indie-rockers Twin Peaks to Barracuda.

Kicking off the evening was Austin’s own SMiiLE, gave the early crowd something to dance to with their uptempo energy. Led by frontman Jake Miles, SMiiLE’s positive message gives off a sense of euphoria making it impossible not to…well…smile and enjoy yourself. Beautiful harmonies from vocalists Annie Long and Mary Bryce paired with theatrical choreography made for one of the most fun live shows in the city.

With the energy bursting inside the venue, Twin Peaks took the stage to an ignited crowd ready to party. The attitude for the midwest rockers combines the raw chaos of punk and thrash with soulful array of guitar-driven indie rock songs. Crowd surfers soon filled the air and Lone Star beer started flying with everyone having a good time. Tin Peaks’ set seemed more like a Beastie Boys house party in the mid 80’s fueled with alcohol, sweat, and cigarettes.

Cutting through tracks “Holding Roses”, “Making Breakfast” and “Shake Your Lonely” their set gave something for everyone to sing along with. Twin Peaks definitely has a hardcore fan base here in Austin and it showed Friday night.

Check out some photos from the set below and make sure to catch SMiiLE and Twin Peaks when they come to your area.

Twin Peaks




Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt



Lola Tried Tour Diary: Headed to Motor City

We’re tagging along (sort of) with our favorite punk-pop rockers Lola Tried as they hit the road in support of their debut album. The band’s first few stops have been right along the I35 corridor heading north. Now they’re off to the Motor City for tonight’s show with Splitters, Cheapshow and Bathroom of The Future. Check out what Lauren and the gang are up to and if you’re in Detroit tonight be sure to stop by PJ’s Lager House. You’ll be glad you did.


Crazy times at the crash pad.



Getting Ready for KC.



Lola Tried Tour Dates:

5/28 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Café
5/29 Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
5/30 Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog
5/31 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mister Roboto Project
6/1 Philadelphia, PA @ The Bath House
6/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Little Skips!
6/3 New York, NY @ 158 Ludlow St.
6/4 Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
6/6 Cincinnati, OH @ The Listing Loon
6/7 Nashville, TN @ The East Room
6/9 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/10 Houston, TX @ Cactus Music In-Store Performance
6/11 San Antonio, TX @Limelight


Lola Tried Throws Down at Album Release Party

Balls-to-the-wall, sweat-till-you-fall is the idea behind Lola Tried’s self-titled debut LP. The gritty, garage rock quartet has successfully captured the raw, endorphin-boosting intensity of their live performances and injected it into the 10-track power rock project. Gone is the subtle sweetness of the band’s 2017 Popsicle Queen; in its place a much more aggressive and grungy Lola Tried complete with fuzzy guitar distortion, ‘Grohl-ish’ driving percussion and sassy vocals. Fiery frontwoman, Lauren Burton, carves a comfortable spot for herself somewhere between Allison Crutchfield and Allison Wolfe with emphatic vocal mood swings that flip from delicate and tender to fierce and raging at a moment’s notice. From the scorching, riot grrrl howls of ‘All Sides’ to the southern twang of punky-tonk stomper ‘Katrina’s Number,’ Burton carries a certain swagger that proves she’s found her rightful place affront this raucous rock band. The album explores social anxieties with the introspective and fuzzy ‘Bummer Town’ and youthful romances gone awry with ‘San Marcos’. Powerhouse percussion and psychedelic, effects-pedal fuzz reverberate throughout the LP creating the perfect backdrop for Burton’s angsty vocals. From start to finish the album bursts with adrenaline and raw emotion. Lola Tried has delivered a spectacular punk-pop album that can blow out the garage doors or empower the downtrodden.

The band dropped their album on Tuesday with a crazy release party at Hotel Vegas with special guests Duncan Fellows, Ringo Deathstarr and Blushing. The release show was also the official tour kick-off for Lola Tried who are heading out for a string of shows up north for the next few weeks. Check their website for tour dates and additional info. Scope out some of the sweat-drenched shots below to get an idea of what Lola Tried has packed into their LP.

Lola Tried


Duncan Fellows


Ringo Deathstarr


Photos by:Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

Shy Beast My Stride Release Party

Austin’s enchanting electro-pop ensemble Shy Beast followed the release of their latest single “My Stride” with the official release party Saturday night at Mohawk. Shy Beast has been a favorite around ‘The Live Music Capital’ for a few years now and it appears they’ve finally hit their stride and are breaking into a much larger market. The band saw their popularity sky-rocket after dropping their self-titled EP in November which featured hit single “Back With Me”. Most recently, Shy Beast was marked as a 2018 Black Fret grant nominee giving the band more visibility and additional advisory and financial backing.

The “My Stride” video is simple, yet stunning with Shy Beast’s leading lady Mariclaire (MC) Glaeser shining front-and-center accented by bright, neon-lit diamonds.  “‘My Stride’ is a reference to the heavy feelings that come with all the different choices you are presented in life,” said frontwoman MC Glaeser. “It represents the moment of freedom you experience by simply picking a direction, or a way of being, and running with it.” The single showcases Glaeser’s commanding vocal range along with some of the most intricate guitar melodies yet from the powerful pop quintet. Check out the video below along with a few shots from the “My Stride” release party.



“My Stride” Official Release Party at Mohawk

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun



Matisyahu and Stephen Marley Taking Strength to Strength Tour to Stubb’s

GRAMMY-nominated artist Matisyahu has announced his 2018 Strength To Strength Tour alongside eight-time Grammy award winning singer, musician and producer Stephen Marley. Fresh from his Forest of Faith Tour, Matisyahu continues a blistering run of dates that began in 2017 with the Broken Crowns Tour and will be hitting Stubb’s on May 31st for a night of reggae royalty. Matisyahu will be making his return to Austin’s iconic venue after recording Live at Stubb’s Vol. IV last November.

Matisyahu has created his own space in modern music, developing a loyal following that has driven singles such as “One Day” and “King Without a Crown” to international recognition. His newest album, Undercurrent, was released last year via Thirty Tigers and Matisyahu’s own imprint, Fallen Sparks. The album embodies a collaborative and freeform spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals. The synergistic energy of the album is especially apparent onstage, where Matisyahu and guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Stu Brooks, drummer Joe Tomino and keyboardist Big Yuki bring their creative dynamic to life. Undercurrent has showcased Matisyahu’s improvisational aptitude and live music chutzpa, that has the jamband and festival worlds taking note with his recently announced LOCKN’ Festival set.

The King Without a Crown continues to his journey on the road, both physically and spiritually, In his own words, “I started tour last fall in somewhat of a fallen, broken place with the Broken Crowns tour, then I entered into the unknown of the forest with faith in the Forest of Faith Tour and come out of it having found my strength, I am now going from strength to strength in my summer Strength to Strength tour. The names of the tours for me are truly a reflection of where I am spiritually and right now and I am feeling strong and confident”. Stephen Marley has also set his eyes onward towards the tour, and is “looking forward to playing music for the people on the Strength to Strength tour with Matisyahu”.

The boundary-breaking artist has been busy on tour, dropping a 3-part video series on the making of Undercurrent and taking time to speak to Billboard and the Huffington Post about it. He took time at his show in Austin 2017 to record LIVE AT STUBB’S VOL IV., capturing the freeform essence of his set at the historic venue, where he is set to reappear near the top of the tour.  Don’t miss the unforgettable duo of Matisyahu and Stephen Marley at a city near you and catch what Rootfire calls “Improvising Greatness.” Tickets go on sale Friday, 4/6 at
Strength To Strength Tour Dates:

5/30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Outside
5/31 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
6/01 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
6/03 – St. Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy
6/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
6/08 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity
6/09 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells
6/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Stage
6/13 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
6/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahys **
6/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre Summer Stage **
6/16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino **
6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Concerts at the Port **

**Without Stephen Marley

Christina Cavazos Marks The Miles She Walks With Her Latest Release.

Like many 18-year-olds, Christina Cavazos is going through an emotionally turbulent time. Newly graduated from high school, the Austin-based musician is headed to NYU where she’ll probably take over the world from her dorm room.

A milestone she’s going to want to remember, she’s celebrating with a new release – Mile Marker. The third EP in just as many years, the young singer is kicking doors open and shows no sign of slowing down.

Available from May 25th, the sun follows Christina on the journey that this album commemorates. A release party set to pay its dues to the achievements the teenage singer has, the doors will open at Sahara Lounge tomorrow (05/23) at 7pm, at $5 entry. She’ll see you there.

A six-track EP, she opens the album with ‘Forever’ – my personal favorite on the album. An emotional song that captures a difficulty every teenager goes through, Christina harnesses an innocence within her music; a soft vocal that embraces naturality.

Mile Marker – the third track on this album – is obviously the namesake, and bleeds a different color to the youthful opening track. Instead, a serene backing comforts her sweet tune and offers a tranquil insight into her preparations to grow up, a world away from the racing mindset of most kids her age (including me a couple of years ago).

Christina is energetically mature, a soft vocal range that snakes a camera into her brain, she’s worth watching. Now, whether that’s tomorrow at the release show or for the rest of 2018 – keep your eye on her.

Find out more on her website:

Words: Megan Matthews


Trish Connelly: The Best in Austin’s Booking Biz

In a city where the entertainment industry is anchored by live music, there’s hardly a subset of the community that works as tirelessly and strategically as booking agents and show promoters. Austin is home to approximately 250 live music venues with musicians playing everywhere from grocery stores to state of the art theaters. But, running the show entirely on their own is a luxury most musicians can’t afford.

Someone has to help organize events, coordinate logistics and advance shows in order to keep our live music scene thriving. And it’s near impossible to find a booking agent in ‘The Live Music Capital’ that can handle these duties with the class and gusto as Trish Connelly at Cheer Up Charlies.

As one of Austin’s top-notch music venues, the ‘ambiguous everybody space’ of Cheer Up Charlies (CUC) hosts everything from shoegaze and psych-rock to R&B and dream-pop on its two-stage real estate. And through her booking service, The Nothing Song, do-it-all Connelly plays a vital role in keeping CUC at the apex of Austin’s live music venues.


Booking dates, sourcing bands, promoting shows, all of that is her. That gig you can’t wait to catch at CUC next week – guarantee you probably heard about it because of Connelly. Her job duties seem never ending but she graciously tackles each one with world class courtesy and professionalism. Her motivation for staying on top of such a daunting job description boils down to wanting people to feel like CUC is a welcoming, safe and open space to enjoy a drink, catch great local and touring bands alike and always at a reasonable price or no cost. There’s no doubt Connelly sets the bar for live music booking in Austin.

So, it came as no surprise to see her presented with the 2017-18 Austin Music Awards’ “Live Music Booker of the Year” trophy. But, how did Connelly go from a full-time job tutoring middle-school children to becoming Austin’s #1 live music booker? We were lucky enough to catch the Cheer Up Charlies’ Superwoman and hear all about her journey.

– How did you first get involved in live music booking and how did that lead you to CUC and creating The Nothing Song?

I moved to Austin about six years ago and started going out to live shows and catching local acts essentially from day one. I was tutoring at a middle school full-time but wanted to get involved with music in some capacity, and the booking and promoting fields really struck a chord with me. I had more interest in organizing and putting together shows rather than joining a band, so I started talking with some musicians and friends about how I could get involved. I put on some small shows here and there and did a short run at Spider House Ballroom as an intern before Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover at Cheer Up Charlies decided to open up a promotion position and asked if I would like to join their team. The spring of 2015 was when I had my first show under The Nothing Song, mainly as a means of having a recognizable name/brand to associate my shows with. My logo (a black cassette tape reel) stemmed from wanting to incorporate a tangible and DIY symbol to the events I put on.

– Do you remember the very first show you booked?

The very first show I booked was at an art gallery & comics shop, Guzu Gallery next to Austin Books and Comics. It was a free show that took place during SXSW 2014 with four acts — The Ex-Optimists, When the Word was Sound, ArcDream and The Governors. The very first show I put on at Cheer Up Charlies was later that summer with Machete Western, Phantom Fox, Ichi Ni San Shi and Bobby Halvorson.

– With everything you are tasked with, how do you stay so organized and responsive?

It can be a struggle for sure! I use an app (Wunderlist) on my computer to help me keep track of tasks for each show, no matter how small. Working from home and setting my own schedule means quite a bit of self-discipline and keeping focused on the tasks at hand. I like having a balance of a routine — both with tasks that I work on every day like getting back to emails, promoting material online, updating my social media pages and the Cheer Ups’ calendar, but also keeping an element of creativity along with it. Brainstorming potential lineups, working in elements of a theme, a benefit show or a variety of artists and the like help keep the creative juices flowing and keeps things from feeling stagnant. It’s a world away from my tutoring job where I had a set schedule and once I was done with my work day then I was done, but I’ll find myself working on a Friday night or Sunday morning since there’s always something extra to be done or an idea that may come to me at whatever hour it decides to strike.


– What did it mean to you to be awarded Austin’s ‘Live Music Booker of the Year’?

I don’t know if I felt more overwhelmed and honored to be awarded Austin’s Music Booker of the Year or to be nominated in the first place! I think anyone in the music business understands this field takes a lot of work and commitment — whether you’re a touring musician, booker, promoter, venue owner or otherwise. It feels really special to be recognized for the shows I put on, and really most of all to be recognized for doing something I love immensely. I see it as a sign that I’m hopefully doing something right, and it’s a huge honor and motivation to keep striving to always do better.

– I’m sure most have been great, but if you had to choose your top three experiences at CUC?

So many nights have stood out for a variety of reasons but my annual Luscious Heaven shows (as of three years ago) highlighting dream-pop and shoegaze bands have been a blast and have included headliners from outside of Texas to play the shows (Dead Leaf Echo from New York, LSD and the Search for God from San Francisco). I’m a big David Lynch fan and putting together a Twin Peaks party right before the premiere of the anticipated new season last May and having vendors and bands like Ringo Deathstarr and ANDY play inspired original music and themes from the show was incredible to see. Collaborating on a variety of artistic mediums for events has also been a highlight and getting to see different artistic communities integrate with each other. Last December we had a local film series called We Are which highlights the lives of seven women of color screen their episodes along with Keeper and Mélat performing afterwards which made for a really special night.

– Do you have a bucket list band to book at CUC?

I’m constantly listening to and researching both local bands as well as burgeoning bands from out of town or out of state — it’s a really exciting feeling stumbling across a newfound local act whose music I get swept away in right off the bat and I’m always excited to book bands like that and hopefully giving them their first stage or a spot to play at for their first tour if they’re from out of town. So I don’t know if I have any bucket list bands persay, but booking The Octopus Project or A Giant Dog would be a first for me!

– Anything in the works you are extra excited to see at CUC this year?

This month I’m really excited to see Carry Illinois’ EP Release Party on the 25th and the Name Sayers’ Album Release Party on the 26th. I’ve yet to see Palberta live but they’ll be on tour from NYC and playing at Cheer Ups on May 30th. I’m collaborating with The Cosmic Clash for an all female-identifying drummer lineup on June 15th and I’m working on a bill for mid-July with a band called Fringe Class from Portland that sound incredible. I’ve got a couple more things in the works for later on in the fall which is still a little hush hush but I’m looking forward to having it all coming together and announcing later this summer!

– Any major goals for 2018?

My underlying goal for 2018 is to continue to reach out to new bands and a diversity of voices as well as continue to integrate different artistic mediums into events. I also made it a New Years goal to start a record label — the process has been gradual what with researching and honing in on a vision for it but you can keep your ears and eyes peeled for that later this year.

ZZ Ward Takes Over Emo’s

Last Friday, “fedora-rocking, guitar-shredding, harmonica-wielding blues siren” ZZ Ward rolled through Emo’s as part of C3 Concerts’ #Artisttakeover. Ward is currently touring North America in support of her sophomore album, The Storm, with remaining dates through September.

“Ward didn’t have to look far for inspiration on her second full-length album, 2017’s The Storm. Equally evocative of blues grit and hip-hop bounce, the Los Angeles-based vocal powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist leapt forward by taking a deeper look at some of her earliest inspirations—including Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and Vera Ward Hall and Big Mama Thornton.

“For me, this album wasn’t really about experimenting,” she admits. “It was more about simplicity, honing in on what I love about music and what makes me who I am as an artist. Growing up, I listened to a lot of hip-hop and blues, and I love those two genres so much. Sometimes, to evolve you don’t need to go outside of yourself; you can reach further inside of yourself instead.”’

ZZ Ward at Emo’s

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Photos by Mindi Westhoff of

Courtney Barnett Tells Austin How She Really Feels

Days before her Sophomore release ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (TMHYRF) drops, Australian songstress Courtney Barnett couldn’t wait any longer. The star gave everyone in attendance at the Mohawk a preview of her new album, set to release today (05/18).

Opening for Barnett was Austin’s own Molly Burch who played several songs from her 2017 album ‘Please Be Mine’. An emotional yet tranquil set, you could hear a pin drop as the audience listened in stunned silence. Her performance was quite the opposite of headliner rock goddess Barnett but life is all about balance so the peaceful energy was welcomed.

Soft, relaxed vibes gave way to electricity once Barnett took to the stage. Kicking off the night with an announcement of playing the whole new record, she jumped in at ‘Charity’ – the third track from TMHYRF – sending the audience into an applause frenzy.

After 10 songs of radical hair flips and guitar pedals reaching their limit, the set turned into the classic rock n roll performance we all came for. The hits started rolling out from her 2015 record ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit.’ with ‘Small Poppies’ and ‘Depreston’ sending the audience into an acapella sing along.

Closing the evening, sweat-soaked euphoria filled the room as Barnett chimed the first chord of ‘Pedestrian at Best’. Join the party next time, Barnett will be at Stubb’s BBQ, on October 27th – not as far away as it sounds, but for now, check out the photo recap!


Words & Photography: Matthew Carlin